According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, there were 10,583 human trafficking cases reported in 2020 in the United States alone. With an issue so widespread, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and wonder what you can possibly do to fight human trafficking. But you can be an at-home advocate for human trafficking! Here are 4 ways you can get involved.
Support Human Trafficking Organizations
While you as an individual may not be able to do much on your own to help human trafficking victims, you can link arms with others who have boots on the ground and are helping victims. Two organizations that are doing important work to fight human trafficking are Blazing Hope Ranch and Covenant Rescue Group.
Blazing Hope Ranch is a home for trafficking victims located in Tennessee. Their mission statement says, “Blazing Hope Ranch exists to RESTORE WHOLENESS to female survivors of human trafficking and WEAKEN THE SEX TRADE through the power of Christ.” You can help Blazing Hope Ranch by praying for their organization, sharing what they’re doing with others, giving to their ministry, or volunteering.
Another organization you can support is ours, Covenant Rescue Group! Millions of unprotected victims are continuously being human trafficked around the world today. Covenant Rescue Group (CRG) conducts real operations to rescue captives and brings their captors to justice. We seek to:
- Liberate the vulnerable in harm’s way,
- Walk with victims to restoration and healing, and
- Deliver the perpetrators to justice.
If you’d like to be a part of the work we’re doing to fight human trafficking, reach out today. We would love for you to join us in whatever way you can. Additionally, if your organization would like to partner with us, please let us know.
Be on the Lookout for and Report Signs of Human Trafficking
Another way you can be an at-home advocate for human trafficking victims is to be on the lookout for the signs of human trafficking. While every victim and situation will differ, some of the most common signs of human trafficking include:
- Living with employer
- Poor living conditions
- Multiple people in cramped space
- Inability to speak to individual alone
- Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
- Employer is holding identity documents
- Signs of physical abuse
- Submissive or fearful
- Unpaid or paid very little
- Under 18 and in prostitution.
If you see any of the above signs of human trafficking, call and report it to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 1-888-373-7888. Do not approach victims or their suspected captors yourself. It’s important to see yourself as an advocate for victims and leave the rescuing to those who are trained and qualified to take down traffickers.
Teach Your Kids About Human Trafficking
If you think your kids are safe from human trafficking, you are sadly mistaken. Traffickers target children because of their naive, innocent nature. It’s rarely a sudden thing, either. Contrary to popular belief, traffickers carefully groom and manipulate their victims before they capture them. They want to be viewed as someone trustworthy (even though they aren’t.) So it’s important to educate your children about the dangers of human trafficking and teach them how to make smart, safe decisions, particularly online. There are plenty of helpful videos on YouTube similar to this one that you can use to start the conversation with your kids: